Wednesday, August 08, 2007

The Gig.

The gig last week went really well, many thanks to all who attended and all who wished me well. I played four songs, starting with Plasticine, then Tourist, Misery and then Greenhouse, my new one. They all went down really well, and Rene said that she really enjoyed Greenhouse, it's hard playing new stuff, although I really enjoyed performing it. Friends and family attended, but me and Rene left shortly after my slot. There were three other acts performing, which I heard briefly during the sound check, and all sounded brilliant, but it was already late and we were both tired. Many thanks to Mark T, who took this picture.
Thankyou to everyone who wished me a happy birthday, I am 35. I spent my birthday on Southend pier fishing, Rene came too, and we had a lovely packed lunch of whole lobsters and potato salad, washed down with a flask of tea, it was the best, I caught a few fish as well. I got loads of lovely presents and bought myself a guitar, it's a sixties Yamaha G-180 A, if that mean's anything to anyone, I'd love to get some feedback from the great blogger knowledge out there. It has a pick up already fitted, and sounds lovely, I decided to use it for the gig, because it's so much lighter than my JS 200, and the perfect sound for Greenhouse.
I am realing the new Harry Potter book at the moment, and think it's great, but then I'm a fan, apart from that, I am still doing the renovation work on the flat which is coming along nicely, visiting my lovely nephew Jed, who is amazing, and genarally being busy. Well, it doesn't seem right to end without a , Give me a Shout, so...



Anonymous Tom Pratt said...

Congratulations on your successful gig Mikey! And a very Happy Birthday to you!

Playing four songs at a gig is just as difficult as playing 20 - you have to set up the same amount of stuff and you get just as nervous for the show. Good on you for playing your new song Greenhouse, I love it when musicians do that at a gig, it makes me feel like I'm really in on the beginning of something. Keep playing and writing as much as you can.



Wednesday, August 08, 2007  
Blogger ginab said...

Happy be-lated b-day! 35 is YOUNG. I don't think you mind what age you become, with the new guitar, Rene, Jed, everyone around...lobster and tea!

Sounds like a nice round of tunes you played in Clapham. Your song titles remind me of novels by Graham Greene. Yep!


Wednesday, August 08, 2007  
Blogger lryicsgrl said...

Oh, 35 years young.....congratulations!
I am glad to hear that the gig went well, and that you had all that lovely support.
What a wonderful birthday you had.....yum, that lobster, potato salad and tea sounds good to me!
Of course, this blogger has not a technical clue about guitars; I know that I love the way they weep,
So, here is your shout....Keep being as happy as you can, enjoy the many moments that come your way!


Wednesday, August 08, 2007  
Blogger Lynsey said...

Hey Mikey, glad to hear your gig went well. I wish I could've gone! But I'm sure you had loads of fun. Your guitar sounds like a beauty, I'll bet it's got a lovely clean sound and all, judging by the description. Anyway, take care and keep writing. =D

<3 Lynsey

Thursday, August 09, 2007  
Anonymous Kevin Seegan said...

Hey Mikey! I'm glad you are still blogging, I haven't kept mine up for ages. Happy Birthday! I feel like an ass for missing that. Congrats on the gig. Its really nice to hear from you. Keep on truckin'!


Friday, August 10, 2007  
Blogger Delbut said...

Sorry i missed the gig. Last minute trip to Truro for work. i really wanted to be there. next time. glad it went well for you.

Saturday, August 11, 2007  
Blogger Grace said...

Happy Belated Birthday.

Lovely gig, lovely birthday, lovely life!! And a bit of great fishing too.
Yeah, so happy Sue is doing great and recovering. luv her too.

all the best, xx grace

Sunday, August 12, 2007  
Blogger elena said...

Hola Mikey!!

Glad to hear the gig went well. I wish I had been there. You sound really happy, that's great!!
I'm visiting Germany tomorrow and I'm looking forward to it.

Say hello to Rene!!


Sunday, August 12, 2007  
Blogger Tink said...


Heya! ;o)
Your birthday celebration sounded like my cup of tea. The image you painted was just lovely. Sorry that I can't contribute to feedback on your Yamaha, but congratulations on giving yourself such a gift, and I'm pretty sure you are the guitar's muse. I'm a trumpet & piano gal from years past. But, I adore a nice acoustic piece. Good luck with the renovations. I'll clean up, paint, and decorate ... but, heavy renovations are out of my league for certain! Jed. That is an awesome name. Aren't children so wonderful?? I just love 'em. I know everyone doesn't feel that way, but they're my favorite kind of people.

Started with one and ending with one:

YO! MIKEY! Keep smiling. :oD

xo tink

Monday, August 13, 2007  
Blogger Tink said...

oh! p.s. ... in case you haven't heard. Suesjoy is out of the hospital and is slowly recovering. All in all, she's managing okay and is having a hard time just resting. She's a real trooper.


Monday, August 13, 2007  
Blogger Sarah Beth said...

hey mikey
great picture! glad to hear your show went well. -- so, i didn't know you were a harry potter fan! the 7th book really is amaaazzing, i think anyway. jk rowling is something else...such talent! anyway just wanted to pop by and say hi, hope you and rene are doing great and having a fab summer.


Tuesday, August 14, 2007  
Blogger JoeBoy said...

Hey Mikey. So you like the Yamaha. They make some great guitars. My Classical is a Yamaha. Big difference from your Gibby. Might get over your way at the end of 2007. Hope to see you.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007  
Blogger Gary said...

glad you liked it mikey, it was a joy to work on.

Monday, August 20, 2007  
Blogger bookworm said...

Hello Mikey,

I know I'm late with writing a comment.
Here it's raining and I think the summer is gone.
Great to hear the gig was good. It's so bad I'm so far away, but I hope to hear your radioshow next month. Every evening I read the Harry Potter in english too. It's the best HP (my opinion). In Germany the book will be out first in October.
Now here my shout to you and a belatedly bithday wish. All the best from me to you.
Take care.
Love and peace

Tuesday, August 21, 2007  
Blogger only waiting for this moment... said...

Hi Mikey!

So glad your gig went well and that you had a happy birthday. 35, huh? When will you and Rene have some kids? :-) Do you enjoy being in your 30s? I wonder how you feel about it. Here in the States, there is a vile new show on VH1 called "I Hate My 30s." I can't relate with that. I guess we are supposed to be having a bad time just because we're in this decade of life? Whatever. What's your take?

Signing off with a shout. Shout shout shout! Enjoy your book. Nice seeing your new blogs, as always.

Much Love

Wednesday, August 22, 2007  
Blogger BlackVelvetLace said...

Hiya Mikey,

Just wandered in from Gary's blog where you left him a message about Crashing the Attic's Plasticine. I think he & Mark T did a fabulous job on it myself. Excellent song. Wish I could have seen your gig....


Thursday, August 23, 2007  
Blogger BlackVelvetLace said...

PS My first guitar was a nylon string classical G-55 A Yamaha. I never play it anymore (switched to an electric/acoustic Takamine for the pickup years ago) but it looks alot like yours.


Thursday, August 23, 2007  
Blogger Chris Capp said...

Happy belated b'day, Mikey! I will never forget how friendly and gracious you were when I approached you at the Who gig in Palm Springs last fall. To me, you are a vital part of the Who renaissance in recent years, and for that I will always be grateful. Wishing you happiness and continued success,
Chris Capp

Tuesday, August 28, 2007  
Blogger Sabrina said...

Hi Mikey dear,
A belated Happy Birthday to You, and birthday hug, and congratulations on the gig. I love the sound of your birthday meal with Rene.

I'm turning 50 this week! It seems so...ridiculous...because "50" sounds so momentous, and in fact I feel as sprightly and happy as if I were your age or younger. So I'm going to not focus on the numbe,r and instead I suppose I will just have to eat lobster, my favorite too!

Love and hugs,

Sunday, September 02, 2007  
Blogger Elizabeth A. said...

Mikey~ A belated Happy Birthday to You from me, as well!

I'm sad about Attic also. I miss seeing you and hearing your lovely voice.

Anyway, glad you had a good show and a lovely time with Rene on your B'day~ it sounds brilliant.

I'm going now to ask my husband, Phil if we can have Lobster for dinner............LOL
*you made me very hungry

Much Love~
Elizabeth A

Sunday, September 02, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


How goes? I may be over there soon. Will drop you a line and we can chat about the music scene.

Starting to edit my tracks as the mixing will begin shortly.


Friday, September 07, 2007  
Blogger Cheryl Ann said...

Hi Mikey,
you've been tagged!
stop by my place for instructions!
Hope all is swell


Saturday, September 08, 2007  
Blogger Tink said...

Hi Mikey,

Cherylann just beat me to it. lol

Okay, you're tagged twice! (is that possible?) :o)

Have a sunny, happy day!

xo Tink

Saturday, September 08, 2007  
Blogger Claire Eliza said...

Oooh, I want to see you play Plasticine so badly. It's a gem, Mikey. And I want to know how you're feeling about the end of the Deathly Hallows??!?!?

Sunday, September 09, 2007  
Blogger Lucy said...

Hi Mikey,

Sorry I'm a month late with birthday wishes for you, but here they are: Make it a good year!

Lucky the people who got to go to your gig.

Keep making nice music!

- Lucy.

Monday, September 10, 2007  
Blogger elena said...

Hola Mikey,

Just wanted to know if you are ok. Give us a shout!!!

Are you watching the Formula 1 race this weekend?? I'm looking forward to it as it's going to be really exciting.

Love to you and Rene.

Thursday, September 13, 2007  
Blogger bookworm said...

Hi Mikey,

hope you feel good. I have a question, because I wan't to buy some EP's from you. Now I saw they are sold out on the Eelpie side. Do you know how I can buy it from an other place?

Please give me a mail

I will be happy if you find a way.

Here is my shout to you.

Love and peace ad a great weekend.

Friday, September 14, 2007  
Blogger Suesjoy said...

Hello Mikey!
Belated congrats on your gig.
I am so glad to hear that you are out there performing again. Good on ya.

I am in Taipei now. I had a bit of a breakdown in Mass. once Sujoy and Anjoli left(they had to head back about 3 weeks before I was ok to travel). It's ok - what doesn't kill us makes us stronger. I am feeling very positive - eating a "cave man diet"(for the most part!) and making my own organic juices and doing other detoxing stuff. I feel fantastic - my metal head bothers me sometimes though(I have a titanium mesh plate in my head!) but not that often.
I am glad you treated yourself to a new guitar. Like Lace MY first guitar was a Yamaha - it looked like yours but probably not as nice.
I have a gorgeous Martin sitting in its case...crying to be played! Poor baby. I better tend to her soon. I am so down on my playing, but if I don't practice, how can I ever improve?

I am glad you are enjoying your nephew. Kids are the best. I miss teaching them so much...

I hope you are well.
Love to you and yours,

Monday, September 17, 2007  
Blogger Carrie Pratt said...

Hi Mikey,

Congrats on your gig. Tom and I really wish we could have been there for you.

Can you email me? I have a quick question for you. My email is


Wednesday, September 19, 2007  

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